With the political shift of power in Punjab, women have got top jobs in one of the smallest districts, Fatehgarh Sahib. Former commissioner of municipal corporation of Ludhiana (MCL) Kanwalpreet Brar (IAS) joined as the deputy commissioner here on Friday.
While Kapurthala’s senior superintendent of police (SSP) Alka Meena has been transferred here as the new top cop. With Harinder Kaur, civil surgeon already working on top job of the health department, power has shifted here in the hands of women.
While two other women Rupinderpal Kaur and Jobandeep Kaur have been working as district food and supplies controller (DFSC) and district social security officer (DSSO).
Originally a Punjab Civil Service (PCS) officer, Brar was elevated to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) 2012 batch in 2013. In December last year, she was given additional charge as MCL commissioner while working as additional chief administrator (ACA) of Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA). However she was removed a month later from both the posts as posted as special secretary, Freedom Fighters department. She allegedly faced the previous state government’s wrath for ordering the removal of posters in the poll-bound Punjab. She has also worked as the managing director of Sugarfed. Now, in the new Congress government, she has been shifted to the district where the party has won all three assembly seats.
A 2010 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Alka Meena has been transferred as the SSP from Kapurthala here while Gurpreet Singh Bhullar was transferred to Jalandhar Rural. Meena, wife of an IAS officer Amit Kumar had been a part of Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted in Jalandhar Kidney Racket case in 2015.
Meena had been the spokesperson of this SIT and was ADCP headquarters at that time.
She uprightly worked in SIT that was investigating the kidney racket being run at the National Kidney Hospital where as many as seven kidney transplants were allegedly performed. Meena will be joining in the coming days.
It is pertinent to mention here that the district once, according to 2001 census, had the worst sex ratio in state at 854 females per 1000 males and 766 female children per 1,000 male children. These ratios increased in 2011 to 871 and 842 respectively.
“With women being on top jobs our district will certainly be best in women safety, health, rights and all other aspects in coming days,” said civil surgeon Harinder Kaur.
Fatehgarh Sahib now claims to be in top five districts of Punjab in the sex ratio.